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The Bluffs: Back and better than ever

A young boy stood on the driving range at The Bluffs Golf Resort, listening intently as golf pro Tom Agazzi explained the basics of how to hold his club. Impatiently, the youngster took a couple of swings at the golf ball, missing badly. Finally, he connected and the ball sailed away with a slight draw. If at first you don’t succeed, try again was the lesson learned by the boy during the recent summer golf camp. Through perseverance, dedication and hard work, his golf game could get better. In a similar way, The Bluffs has endured some tough lessons. But after a couple of whiffs, The West Feliciana community has connected with golfers, residents and the public, thanks...

The Bluffs: Back and better than ever
posted on: Jul 10, 2013

Martin Medical Building houses Lane’s new Wound Center

Listed at the bottom of a recent news release was Lane Regional Medical Center’s guiding core values: Excellence, Integrity, Compassion, Respect and Commitment. In many ways, those words sum up the career of Dr. Howard Martin, who is one of Lane RMC’s founding physicians. Appropriately, the purpose of the release was to announce the dedication ceremony, ribbon cutting and open house on May 22 for the new Lane Wound Center and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy facility and the naming of the Dr. Howard L. Martin Medical Building, where the new wound care center is located. The Lane Wound Center & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy recently moved from inside the hospital to this newly renovated medical building, located at 4917 West...

Martin Medical Building houses Lane’s new Wound Center
posted on: Jun 25, 2013

2013 Hurricane: Did You Know

Some useful tidbits as we begin 2013 hurricane season A large percentage of the citizens in the USA live in coastal areas – (some non-U.S. citizens, too, but that’s another subject, for another day). As a result, we have additional natural disasters to contend with. Fortunately, Ascension, Livingston, East Baton Rouge, and the surrounding parishes have buffer zones between us and the coast: 80 to 100 miles of terra firma which weakens the storms before they make their way to us. Those coastal parishes which take the first hit when a hurricane makes land fall in Louisiana, experience the strongest winds; but more importantly, they are subjected to the hurricane’s storm surge, which in short, is a wall of...

posted on: May 9, 2013

Hurricane Guide 2013

Hurricane season each year begins June 1 and ends November 30, although the formation of a hurricane is possible at any time if conditions are right. Weather forecasters believe 2013 will be another busy season for tropical storms as were the last few years. Years 2010, 2011 and 2012 all had 19 named storms; the prediction for 2013 is 16 named storms. A major factor which goes into predicting hurricane activity include water temperatures throughout the Atlantic Ocean, and they are higher than normal for this time of year which favors tropical storm formation. However cooler than normal water temperatures off the southeast coast of the United States may mitigate that somewhat – thus the prediction for 16 storms instead of 19 or more. The...

posted on: May 9, 2013

Land of Opportunity

Pointe Coupee Parish attracting plenty of attention   Les Cantrell is an optimist, a glass-is-half-full kind of guy. But when he talks about the future of Pointe Coupee Parish, Cantrell can barely contain his enthusiasm. In fact, his cup is practically running over with excitement. “Every morning I get out of bed, I tell myself, ‘It’s a great day to make a deal, so let’s make something happen,’ ” said Cantrell, the Director of Economic Development for Pointe Coupee Parish’s Chamber of Commerce. Pointe Coupee is home to False River, Old River and historic towns like New Roads, Livonia, Fordoche and Morganza. It boasts a population of 22,703 and lots of unspoiled land. In fact, land is relatively...

Land of Opportunity
posted on: May 9, 2013

Dreher’s journey takes him back home again

Star Hill is one of those places that seldom registers on a map. For its handful of residents, the small community in West Feliciana Parish near St. Francisville is home. It’s also a metaphor for their way of life. Even though he grew up there, Rod Dreher admits it took a long time for him to come to that realization. Dreher has enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning journalist, writing for publications in major markets like Dallas and New York. He is currently a senior editor and blogger for American Conservative. But after his little sister, Ruthie Leming, a wife and mother of three daughters, was diagnosed with a virulent form of cancer in 2009, during his...

Dreher’s journey takes him back home again
posted on: Apr 15, 2013

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